Aviation Photo #1790363 Rockwell Space Shuttle - NASA

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The dark side of the space shuttle orbiter "Discovery". The reticulated look is because of the effects of high speed (mach 26) space flight and the replacement of damaged thermal tiles with new ones over the course of her 38 previous flights since 1984. Here she is being hung vertically for the photo record of all the surfaces. Any damage after launch can be then identified by photo comparison with post launch shots taken by the ISS astronauts on approach to it;thus help prevent a "Columbia" type failure.
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    Suresh A. Atapattu
    NASA
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Rockwell Space Shuttle
    Rockwell
    OV-103
    OV-103
    Kennedy Space Center
    Florida
    USA
    September 9, 2010
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